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Cards approach long trip in good heart

Brian Caffarey
9:11pm, Thu 26th Nov 2015
Barrow AFC v Woking
Vanarama National League
3pm on Saturday 28 November 2015

Following the Cards’ exhilarating win over Tranmere Rovers on Tuesday night Garry Hill’s side will make the very long trip to Barrow in good spirits, hoping to make it three wins in a row. But the Bluebirds will be anxious to impress new manager, Paul Cox, so the Cards will need to be on good form again to come away with a result.

WOKING

The last couple of weeks demonstrate once more how quickly fortunes can change in football. Less than two weeks ago the Cards looked demoralised and in poor shape after being ‘tanked’ 5-2 at home by Macclesfield Town but a determined display at Chester a week later resulted in a confidence-building 2-1 win and, on Tuesday night, they weathered an early battering to emerge with a tremendous 4-1 win over Tranmere Rovers.

Barring any new injury worries, it would be no great surprise if Garry Hill sticks to the same starting eleven.

BARROW

The Bluebirds were promoted back to the top tier of non-League football this season following their relegation at the end of the 2012-13 campaign but have found the going tough, especially away from home, with Darren Edmondson becoming last week the latest National League managerial casualty. Ambitious owner, Dallas-based businessman Paul Casson, wasted no time in replacing him with Paul Cox, who led Mansfield Town to the Conference title in 2012 and who had a short spell at Torquay United earlier this season.

Barrow presently sit in 16th place in the table with 28 points from 23 games, three fewer than Woking having played one game more. They recently ended a three-game losing streak by trouncing Torquay United 4-0 at home but lost 3-1 at Dover Athletic last Saturday, with Niall Cowperthwaite sent off. But Barrow’s home form is good, with six wins, three draws and only two defeats (at the hands of Aldershot Town and Grimsby).

Some well-known names in Barrow’s squad include strikers Jason Walker and Andy Cook and central defender Simon Grand. Cox has just brought in two more loan players: Carlisle striker Steven Rigg and the well-travelled Liam Hearn, who is with Lincoln City but was formerly with Mansfield. Existing loanees include Stoke City central defender 20 year-old Ryan O’Reilly, Preston North End left-back Nick Wilmer-Anderton and Otis Khan, a 20 year-old midfielder from Sheffield United.

GETTING THERE

Barrow AFC
The Furness Building Society Stadium
Wilkie Road
Barrow-in-Furness
Cumbria
LA14 5UW

Official website: www.barrowafc.com

By coach

The Cards Trust is not running a coach to this game.

By car
Leave the M6 at J36, taking the A590 (signposted Barrow). Follow A590 all the way to the outskirts of Barrow, entering via industrial route towards the town centre. Passing the fire station on the right, take the next left into Wilkie Road. The ground is on the right-hand side. The AA estimates that the trip would take just over five hours from Woking.

By train

Nearest station: Barrow-in-Furness. You’d need to get a train from Euston and change at Lancaster. The 09.30 would get you to Barrow at 13.26. Returning, the 17.20 from Barrow, also via a change at Lancaster, is due to arrive at Euston at 21.38.
The station is half a mile from the ground: walking would take around 10 minutes. On leaving the station, exit onto Holker Street and then turn right.

ADMISSION PRICES

Seated: Adults £15, Over 65s £12
Standing: Adults £14, Over 65s £13
Age 11-17: £5
U11: £1

LAST TIME WE MET

Barrow AFC 2 Woking 0
19 February 2013

Woking followed up a disappointing defeat against Newport County the previous Saturday with an equally disappointing display against relegation-threatened Barrow, who scored in each half to secure a vital 2-0 victory in their (ultimately unsuccessful) quest to avoid the drop. To make matters worse, Lee Sawyer was sent off in the fifty-sixth minute for a foul on Paul Rutherford.

The Cards were missing the injured Billy Knott and Bradley Bubb and found themselves a goal down as early as the 9th minute when a Woking attack broke down and the home side raced up the other end to net through Danny L Rowe.

The same player scored again early in the second half with a superb free-kick. Woking’s miserable afternoon then went from bad to worse as Lee Sawyer’s lunge saw him receive a red card.

Woking rarely threatened a Barrow side which had recently been shipping goals, with the few half-chances being fashioned by Kevin Betsy.

Woking: Seb Brown, Adam Newton, Mike Cestor, Mark Ricketts (capt), Jack Parkinson, Kevin Betsy, Brett Williams (George Frith 59), Lee Sawyer, Brett Johnson (Adam Doyle 67), Gavin McCallum, Jayden Stockley (Loick Pires 76)

Unused subs: Joe McNerney, Elvijs Putnins

Sent Off: Lee Sawyer 56

AFC Barrow: Danny Hurst, Garry Hunter, Gavin Skelton, Mike Pearson, Efe Sodje, Paul Rutherford (Sean McConville 68), Richie Baker, Alex-Ray Harvey, Adam Boyes (Lee Mc Evilly 90), Danny L Rowe, Danny Rowe

Unused subs: Shaun Pearson, Matt Flynn, Tom Eckersley

Goals: DL Rowe 9, 53

Attendance: 624

COMING UP

The Cards are at home to play-off contenders Lincoln City the following Saturday (5 December) when Brian Finn, the Cards’ record appearance holder, will be the special guest in the Geoff Chapple Lounge.

Come on, you Cards!

Jones' strike not enough as Cards slip up in stormy Cumbria

Malcolm Wyatt
10:02am, Sun 29th Nov 2015
Barrow 2 Woking 1
The Vanarama National League
November 28th 2015


On a wet, windy and wintry afternoon at the end of the longest cul-de-sac in England, hosts Barrow left Woking with nowhere to go on Saturday, unable to capitalise on a dominant period at Holker Street.

Garry Hill's side showed plenty of fight, but were ultimately undone by a second-half decider from Steve Williams, the former Bradford City and Inverness Caledonian Thistle defender, who was on hand to ultimately decide this end-to-end encounter 17 minutes from time.

There were elements of galvanisation for a home team buoyed by the arrival of former Mansfield Town manager Paul Cox, in charge for the first time after the departure of last term’s National League North title-winner Darren Edmondson. But the Cards should have at least grabbed a point for their toils, and I’m sure that 300-mile journey home would have dragged accordingly.

The Surrey visitors got off on the wrong foot, Andy Cook putting the Bluebirds ahead within four minutes, Woking failing to deal with Dave Symington's cross from the right and Cook holding off his marker to nod down and beyond Jake Cole for his 13th league strike of the season.

Otis Khan then struck powerfully but wide from David Mellor’s lay-off as the hosts continued to pose a threat, while at the other end the lively John Goddard was looking sharp early on but couldn’t play in heavily-marked striker Joe Quigley, Barrow holding firm at the back.

Brian Saah held his nerve to deny debutant loanee Liam Hearn, who was with Cox at Mansfield, while a wild effort by Paddy Lacey failed to trouble Cole. And after home keeper Joel Dixon collected at the second attempt from the industrious Bruno Andrade (pictured), Joey Jones had to cut out a cross at the other end.

Mellor unleashed a mighty left-foot volley from 25 yards that rattled the crossbar, the home side seemingly brimming with confidence, but Andrade and Dan Holman gave Dixon and his defence a scare too, looking to make the most of a deep launch from Cameron Norman.

In another promising Cards move, Goddard couldn’t quite find the target from a searching Andrade cross, while Williams headed away Andrade’s next centre, this time from the opposite flank.

Andy Haworth was next to let loose for Cox’s largely-inherited outfit, but again Cole could rest easy, with the finishing wayward, the hosts struggling to make the most of a strong Cumbrian wind.

Combative Cards skipper Mark Ricketts did well to win out in midfield and feed Quigley, but again the Bluebirds looked rigid at the back and the chance was gone, the assured Saah then clearing the final hopeful home cross of the half.

Half-time: Barrow 1 Woking 0

The visitors had plenty to mull over at the break and came out determined to make the most of the strong wind now in their favour, Holman and Andrade soon stretching the home defence. The former struck wide before the latter won a free-kick on the right, from which Jones put the Cards level in the 48th minute, his glancing header wrong-footing Dixon and finding the bottom corner.

Barrow looked to hit straight back, but Jones and Andrade had vital touches from a home free-kick and the Cards took the initiative from there - Andrade drilling wide before a marauding run from Jones led to a further set-piece, from which sub Kadell Daniel, Quigley’s replacement, bent the ball around the wall but Dixon gathered.

The Bluebirds keeper made an important save to deny Andrade again, with Daniel lurking, but Woking were soon in trouble at the other end, Cole having to stop Hearn at point-blank range. A Khan cross was then cleared as Barrow pushed up again, and moments later Woking looked to be undone - the keeper well beaten - but Cook struck Cole’s right post.

Dixon was quick off his line to stop a swift counter-attack, second sub Jimmy Keohane’s pace key as he fed Holman, whose shot was blocked. Yet a spell of home pressure followed, Jones having to halt Khan, with Cole punching away the resultant corner, while Ricketts denied Cook.

Jones made the next intervention too - stopping Lincoln City loanee Hearn just outside the penalty area - but won a yellow card for his trouble. And from Khan’s set-piece Williams found the space to nod home, Cole stranded when it mattered.

Woking were far from done, and Keohane was unlucky with a 30-yard effort, Ricketts firing the follow-up wide, while as Barrow hit back Cole comfortably collected a Hearn cross.

Keohane had another shot blocked, while a mighty effort from Goddard was brilliantly held by Dixon, but the Cards looked susceptible on the break, Norman having to work hard at the heart of the resistance.

As Woking pushed up again, Holman drew his marker before creating a decent chance, again stopped by Dixon. The Cards’ final throw of the dice then saw Norman replaced by Jake Caprice.

After Jones nodded back to Cole, the Woking 'keeper launched a further visitors’ attack which resulted in a corner, but the flag was eventually raised for offside against Saah.

Andrade then won another corner, but it was delayed while sub Steve Rigg was carried off injured at the other end - six minutes into his debut following a loan move from Carlisle United. And when the action did resume, Dixon had no problem with Goddard’s finish.

There was genuine hope for the visitors as the fourth official indicated six extra minutes, but the Cards’ late show was ultimately confined to a hastily-taken effort from Goddard following a searching Caprice delivery, the visitors coming no closer from there to end a disappointing afternoon.


Barrow: Joel Dixon, Dave Symington, Nick Wilmer-Anderton, Simon Grand ©, Steve Williams, Paddy Lacey, David Mellor, Andy Haworth (Dan Pilkington 46), Andy Cook, Liam Hearn (Steve Rigg 80, then Alex-Ray Harvey 87), Otis Khan

Unused subs: Aaran Taylor, Ryan O’Reilly

Goals: Cook 4, Williams 73

Woking: Jake Cole, Chris Arthur, Mark Ricketts (c), Brian Saah, Joey Jones, John Goddard, Matt Robinson (Jimmy Keohane 62), Bruno Andrade, Joe Quigley (Kadell Daniel 55), Dan Holman, Cameron Norman (Jake Caprice 82)

Unused subs: Nick Hamman, Terrell Thomas

Goal: Jones 48

Bookings: Jones 72, Keohane 89


Attendance: 1,115

My MOTM: Bruno Andrade: while recent revelation Joey Jones pushed him close, Bruno also put in an inspirational shift in each half on a difficult day for flowing football when there were few gaps to exploit, his work rate vastly improved of late.

Barrow LINEUP
WOKING LINEUP
1Jake Cole
26Cameron Norman ('82)
3Chris Arthur
5Brian Saah
7Joey Jones
4Mark Ricketts
14Matt Robinson ('62)
15Bruno Andrade
11John Goddard
20Dan Holman
19Joe Quigley ('56)
BENCH
18Nick Hamann
2Jake Caprice ('82)
22Terell Thomas
23Jimmy Keohane ('62)
16Kadell Daniel ('56)

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